Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Look WHO had a great Halloween!

The not so spooky festivities started out with this momma making little pumpkin pancakes. Riley loved them! Keagan ate popcorn, almonds and Cheerios.

Then we were off to a Halloween party with our friends at church. Riley was thrilled to be singing, dancing and playing games all in her costume of course. Keagan wasn't really feeling it and was happy to be glued on my lap quietly observing. Afterwards she said it was fun.

When we left to take Riley to school she cried that she had to take off her costume! Hard! Once we were out running errands Keagan had a rough afternoon. Really rough! But we finally all made it to the big event... pizza party at Sa's house and trick-or-treating!!!

I have never seen cuter owls!

The Sanfords and the Frenchs made for a great group of us! Riley just loved being in the excitement and out and about. Keagan was cautious of anything scary but was sweet about getting candy from people and loved holding Sa's hand as we walked. We had a great time and made it to quite a lot of houses for quite a lot of candy! The girls were so exhausted that we didnt even take a good look at their haul when we got home. I guess they were trick or treated out and went quickly to bed. I'd say Halloween 2012 was a success!

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Keagan on Parade

Since she doesn't have school tomorrow on Halloween, Keagan had her Halloween party and costume parade at school today! Unfortunately after a pretty scary time trick-or-treating with zombies, ghouls and other dark creatures when we were camping a couple of weeks ago, she thought today was going to be scary too and didn't want to go. It took some SERIOUS convincing to get the girl there, but of course she had a blast and wasn't scared one bit! She was the cutest little owl in the bunch!


They had pizza and treats and she made the most creative pumpkin I've ever seen!

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Guess What?

Guess what? Time doesn't stand still when I'm sick. For some reason the tick tocking of the clock doesn't depend on if I need a break or something. So over the past week or so life has still just gone on. Thank heavens (literally) I am feeling much better today and finally think I may just survive! But while I was sick we were still just as busy as ever.

Visiting Gamas at her school

Who knew that fake Cinderella finger nails could go on your toesies too! These girls both love the cheesy press on nails.

Miss Riley was actually naughty at school one day! When I went to pick her up Miss Benanti was so sad she had to give Riley a frowny face for part of the day. Apparently during circle time Riley purposely turned around in her chair and would not look at anyone. Not only did she refuse to participate but she also was laughing the entire time. When her and I chatted about it she knew exactly what she had done! It was hilarious but I'm glad it hasn't happened again.

We are REALLY ready for the colder weather! I guess I should say cooler instead of colder. This is Houston we're talking about. One morning the girls begged to wear their jackets to school. When I took this picture at 9am I think it was already 80 degrees! But this week it's starting to get a little better. Hopefully we can rock these cute jackets a whole lot more soon!

Miss Keagan helping me get gas and doin her thing!

And finally there is no better medicine then may babies laughs! I cherish the times they play so nicely together and their laughter fills the house...and my soul! Just like it did tonight!

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Home Sweet Home

I am feeling incredibly blessed to be cuddling with this little girl tonight and to have had lots and lots of kisses from her sister before she went to bed. I have been so terribly sick with pneumonia that I haven't had good quality time with them in days. And the last two days I have spent completely away from them in the hospital. Last night was one of the worst nights of my life. I'm so thankful to be home with my babies tonight and so thankful we have so many people who love and support us! There's no place like home!

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Miracles Happen!

Miracles abound in our little family! This is a video of my little persistent, positive and hard working Riley taking steps!! Every time I watch it I cry! I'm also so thankful to her two wonderful teachers at school, Miss Benanti and Miss Krammer who not only do such a good job loving and pushing Riley but also filmed this for me!

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Shame On Me!

I was taught a serious lesson today. One that I surely have learned a million times before but I guess I needed another reminder. It's ironic that I happened to learn it in the midst of trying to teach Keagan a lesson. She sure showed me! And if I'm honest, it wasn't the first time and I'm sure it won't be the last!

Last night the girls and I had a little lesson about prayer for Family Home Evening. I can personally testify of the incredible power of prayer and how it has brought so many miracles to our little family's lives. We chatted about when and why we pray and I didn't think a single word of what I was saying was sinking in. Nothing new.

And then this morning catastrophe hit! We could not find Keagan's precious princess keys! Panic broke out at 7am and all 3 of us were on a hunt! In the midst of looking in the car for the SECOND time, Keagan said "Jesus will find them!" Before I could react she had those cute little arms folded and was straight into her prayer.

When we came inside I continued on the hunt to calm my seriously anxious child and get my morning back. But Keagan climbed up on a bar stool and commenced her usual morning position in front of a bowl of cereal and the TV. When I asked her if she was going to look for the keys she responded "moooom! Jesus will find them!"

Now that's a faithful little 4 year old! But she was only putting into practice what I had just told her the night before. So now I was the overly anxious one! I was terrified that her first experience with prayer was not going to be a good one and that her faith was going to be crushed right there in her Dora jammies! I looked everywhere more then twice in hope of proving the power of prayer! All her usual spots and every nook and cranny turned up nothing. So I did what many a busy mom who was behind on their usual morning routine would do. I gave up! I resigned myself to hoping she would forget about the keys (something that would never happen) and figured I would cross that bridge of faith crushing experience when I got there. Oh Ye of little faith!

So when I should have been hanging my head in shame for clearly not practicing what I preached, I started unloading the dishwasher. Of course I dropped something. And of course when I bent down to pick it up under the over hang of the cabinet...well wouldn't you know what I found!

I was beyond thrilled! I jumped and yelled while wildly waving the found keys in the air! Both girls looked at me like I was absolutely crazy. Again, nothing new. When the princess keys were returned to their rightful owner, Keagan looked up and said "thanks Heavy Father!" And I was left standing in the kitchen, the only one not immersed in "Doc McStuffins", wallowing in a very good lesson learned!

Mark 10:14 & 15
But when Jesus saw it, He was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Spoiled, But Not Rotten

Thursday night the girls had their 4th birthday party in 3 weeks! Yes they are spoiled. They are spoiled with so many people who love and adore them! That is definitely the best kind of spoiled. Apparently it doesn't make you rotten, for most of the time at least.

Gama Linda threw them the cutest little birthday party with decorations, pizza, cakes and presents! Riley had an absolute ball just digging into her pink frosted cake like she was one year old again! And Coach had Keagan laughing harder then I have ever heard her laugh before! It was a really great time!

I think this wraps up our celebrations. I guess that means that its time for it to soak in that my babies are actually 4!

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

One Man Band

This girl has got rhythm! Love her!

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Monday, October 15, 2012

A Weekend With Yogi

For the girls big 4th birthday I took them camping at Yogi Bears Jellystone Park in Waller, TX. Of course it was my kind of camping which includes air conditioning and indoor plumbing. We stayed in a bare bones and small, but nice and clean cabin and took advantage of the great park and activities that Yogi had for us. We got to bring Kellie, Addie, Miss Taryn, Hudson and Reagan along for the fun.

The weekend was similar to Keags and Ris 4 years. It was a lot of work and a little bit of a struggle (two of the big kids woke up at 2:30 am for good one morning) BUT it was also a lot of fun, full of laughter, entertainment and great memories!

With Yogi

Funnel cakes, popcorn & night crawlers.

The sleeping loft.

The golf cart that really made the trip! Minus a couple little accidents and me ramming our picnic table.

Miniature golf

Keagan's stuffed Yogi and Riley's stuffed Boo Boo.

Meeting Yogi! Riley was not interested in getting close and Kellie says she is too old. But Keagan was in heaven!

Yogi kissed Keagans stuffed Yogi and my little girl was over the moon excited!

Hey Boo Boo!

Our completely fake fireplace.

The water park!! So fun but so cold!

The awesome playground

Three hours after planting our magic pumpkin seeds!

I mustache you a question


Birthday morning presents before the all you can eat pancake breakfast!

Our little cabin.

It was a great weekend! Tiring but great!

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